Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant

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Program Code: 9151

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Morningside Campus

Email: healthstudies@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

At Centennial College's Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA & PTA) program, you learn to support people whose ability to function and adapt has been impaired by injury, illness, the process of aging and developmental or emotional disability.

Through Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant courses that consist of current theoretical knowledge and practical experiences, you learn how to become a compassionate, client-centred and reflective rehabilitation practitioner.

Faculty are experienced occupational therapists and physiotherapists working in their field of expertise, who provide you with the educational tools, training and hands-on experience that is necessary to meet career challenges with enthusiasm, professionalism and current evidence-based industry knowledge and skills. The high academic standards and personal attention are two standout features of the offering.

Once you complete the Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant program, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to work under supervised practice with registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists to provide rehabilitation services to improve people's quality of life.

Note: The Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program at Centennial College has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was granted to the program on April 30, 2013 for the period until April 30, 2019.

Contact information for the OTA & PTA EAP:

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program,
c/o Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, 
Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, 
(226) 636-0632,

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
OTPT-100 Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Morningside Campus
OTPT-102 Anatomy and Physiology Morningside Campus
OTPT-103 The Health Care System Morningside Campus
OTPT-104 Normal Function and Movement Morningside Campus
OTPT-105 Issues in Healthy Aging Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
OTPT-201 Orientation to Rehabilitation Practice Morningside Campus
OTPT-202 Conditions Impacting Function 1 Morningside Campus
OTPT-204 Introduction to Physiotherapy Interventions - Therapeutic Exercises Morningside Campus
OTPT-205 Human Lifespan Development Morningside Campus
OTPT-206 Occupational Therapy Therapeutic Skills – Part 1 Morningside Campus
OTPT-207 Establishing Therapeutic Communication Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
OTPT-301 Rehabilitation Practice 1 Morningside Campus
OTPT-302 Conditions Impacting Function - 2 Morningside Campus
OTPT-303 Physiotherapy Skills - Therapeutic Modalities Morningside Campus
OTPT-304 Occupational Therapy Therapeutic Skills – Part 2 Morningside Campus
OTPT-308 Mental Health Concepts and Techniques Morningside Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-180 College Communications 3 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
OTPT-401 Rehabilitation Practice 2 Morningside Campus

Semester Note

Minimum 'C' grade required for all OTPT, COMM and GNED courses. All OTPT courses in a semester are pre-requisites for the next semester.

Program Highlights

  • You develop the knowledge and skills to work with clients in need of assistance to perform self-care, promote movement, improve function and participate in vocational and leisure activities.
  • Additional areas of instruction and development include respect and caring for the uniqueness of individuals, effective communication, critical thinking and decision-making.
  • You participate in several fieldwork experiences that provide opportunities for the supervised application of skills in a variety of clinical settings with a range of client populations.
  • During your placement, you test out your skills in a real world setting, sample your career and discover the areas in which you may be interested before you graduate.
  • The facilities at which you are able to complete placement vary and, when combined, offer diverse experiences in both occupational therapy and physiotherapy disciplines.

As a graduate of the OTA & PTA program, you will achieve vocational learning outcomes by demonstrating the ability to:

  • Communicate appropriately and effectively, through verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic means, with clients, their families, significant others, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other healthcare providers
  • Participate in the effective functioning of interprofessional health care teams
  • Establish, develop, maintain and bring closure to client-centred, therapeutic relationships
  • Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others within the role of the therapist assistant
  • Practice competently in a legal, ethical and professional manner within the role of the therapist assistant
  • Document and complete client records in a thorough, objective, accurate and nonjudgmental manner
  • Develop and implement strategies to maintain, improve and promote professional competence
  • Perform effectively through the application of relevant knowledge of health sciences, psycho-sociological sciences and health conditions
  • Perform functions common to both physiotherapy and occupational therapy practices that contribute to the development, implementation and modification of intervention/treatment plans, under the supervision of and in collaboration with the occupational therapist and/or physiotherapist
  • Enable the clients' occupational performance by contributing to the development, implementation, and modification of intervention/treatment plans, under the supervision of and in collaboration with the occupational therapist
  • Enable the clients' optimal physical function by contributing to the development, implementation, and modification of intervention/treatment plans, under the supervision of and in collaboration with the physiotherapist

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students will be required to participate in the development of a portfolio, which is a reflection of learning and growth as an OTA & PTA student, and their achievements throughout the program. Students will document their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, inclusion of GC&E components in the Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Davenport University, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario

Placement Partners

The Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant program's clinical fieldwork placement partners include Southlake Hospital, Lakeridge Health, William Osler, St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital, Providence Healthcare, Bridgepoint Healthcare, the University Health Network, Lyndhurst, Toronto Rehabilitation, The Scarborough Hospital, Mackenzie Health, Rouge Valley Health System, Toronto East General Hospital and many out-patent clinics.

Career Outlook

  • Rehabilitation practitioner
  • Physiotherapist assistant
  • Occupational therapist assistant

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Biology Grade 11 C or U, or Exercise Science (minimum grade required), or equivalent

Note: This program is considered highly competitive and fills early. To be considered for the program, you should apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts or complete skills assessments as early as possible.

Additional Requirements

Further program information/guidelines:

  • Please note that due to the nature of this career, OTAs & PTAs are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. Your scope of practice involves your ability to lift and transfer clients and move equipment. As such, an OTA & PTA needs to be in good overall health. It is recommended that applicants have a high level of fitness when entering the program. If you have any health related issues, it is highly recommended that you contact the program coordinator to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the program and the scope of practice of an OTA & PTA, and to discuss any impact this may have on your ability to fully participate in the learning throughout this program.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,007.00 $3,774.00
International $12,400.00 $2,202.00 $14,602.00